WESTON – The Massachusetts area premiere of Disney’s Newsies opens tonight, July 20 at Weston Drama Workshop in residence at Regis College Fine Arts Center.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies,” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.
Newsies is inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.
Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of Newsies addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment.
High-energy with non-stop thrills, the stage version introduces eight brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York” and “Santa Fe.”
Produced through special arrangements with Music Theatre International.
- Director/ Executive Producer: Chris Brindley (Framingham High Theatre Teacher/Director)
- Choreographer: Emily Craver (NY based dancer originally from Framingham)
- Stage Manager: Ari Welch (Boston based Stage Manager originally from Framingham)
- Asst. Director: Tristan Burke (Framingham High alum studying Theatre Education at Salem State University)
- Scenic Designer: Nick Sulfaro Oberstein (NY based actor and designer originally from Framingham)
Members of the Cast:
Framingham High Alums: Jordana Kagan (currently attending Fordham), Andrew Caira (currently attending Marymount Manhattan)
Framingham High students: Max Connor, Nicole Davila, Brock Hoey, Ethan Kerr, Caitlyn Luria, Maya Puffer, AJ Sherwood, Madi Spear, Jocelyn Wadland, Jack Williams